By Frank Hubbell, DO
Illustrations By T.B.R. Walsh
Places where you used to only see the intrepid adventurer you are now seeing more and more families. These families are recreating with all ages, including the very young. So it seemed like the time was right to review pediatric medical emergencies and management of them in the wilderness environment.
The Principles of Managing Pediatric Medical Emergencies:
Children are not small adults.
A child’s physiology varies greatly based on age and body weight.
A child’s emotional response to a crisis varies greatly with age.
A child’s mental capacity and understanding vary greatly with age.
A child’s speech and communication skills vary greatly with age.
Responding to a Pediatric Emergency – the Pediatric Patient Assessment System:
Initial Impression (PAT) ➡️ Primary Survey ➡️ Secondary Survey